Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technologists & Technicians

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Engineering Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Systems Test Technician, Test Technician

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Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Airborne Mission Systems Specialist; Airborne Mission Systems Specialist Journeyman, MC-130P; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, E-8; Bomber/Special Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Helper, B-1; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Apprentice, C-5; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, B-21; Space Systems Operations Superintendent
AH-64 Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer; Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator; Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor; Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer; Armament/Electrical/Avionics Repair Supervisor; Automatic Test Systems Operator/Maintainer; Aviation Officer; Avionic Mechanic; MQ-1 Repairer; RQ-7 Repairer
Aviation Engineering Specialty; Aviation Maintenance Technician; Avionics Electrical Technician; Electronics Specialty
Aeronautical Engineer; Aircraft Avionics Technician, V-22; Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic; Avionics Chief; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, KC-130; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Mechanic, F-35; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, F-35; Helicopter Crew Chief, CH-53; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Mechanic-Trainee; Test Pilot/Flight Test Project Officer
A/F 37T-21 Aircraft Engine Components Test Stand; Aircraft Electronic Identification (IFF) IMA Technician; Aviation Electrician's Mate; Aviation Tactical Readiness Officer; E-2C Hawkeye 2000 Systems Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician; Electronic Installation and Maintenance Planning Officer (General); Guided Missile Type Project Officer (Ship-Launched); MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Systems Maintenance Technician; Space Acquisition Officer; TacMobile Maintenance System Technician
Space Systems Operations; Space Systems Operations Apprentice; Space Systems Operations Craftsman; Space Systems Operations Helper; Space Systems Operations Journeyman
What they do:
Operate, install, adjust, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
On the job, you would:
  • Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters.
  • Identify required data, data acquisition plans, and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications.
  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • product and service development

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products


  • customer service


Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Program testing software

  • JUnit Hot Technology
  • Selenium Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Operating system software

  • Linux Hot Technology
  • UNIX Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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